Hellenic Urology is the official scientific journal of the Hellenic Urological Association. Its main objective is to publish original articles, reviews and case reports on diseases of the genitourinary system. The journal Hellenic Urology is also concerned in the continuous education of the Urologists and aims at promoting the science of Urology. The journal publishes papers, which concern clinical research and scientific achievements. It also welcomes clinical investigations as well as basic and applied laboratory research; new data and recent developments of urological interest are also welcomed. Papers published in another journal are not accepted.
1. General Information: The official language of Hellenic Urology is English. Authors whose native language is not English will have their manuscripts proofread by a professional copyeditor offered by the editorial team. The authors are allowed to submit their manuscript into Greek and translation will be provided. All the authors are jointly responsible for the contents of the paper and sign together the Authorship Responsibility, Financial Disclosure and Acknowledgment form. The list of authors should not exceed six (6) otherwise the participation of those exceeding the above numbers should be justified accordingly. In case of reports, the authors should not exceed four (4). In review articles the authors should not exceed the number of two. The following should be observed inthe case of clinical studies:
a) The authors should state that the research was conducted according to the principles as have set forth by the Helsinki Declaration of 1975.
b) In the Studies that involve human subjects, a statement – approval from the appropriate human ethics committees should be obtained.
c) A statement – approval of the competent scientific committee of the centre in which the research work was carried out, pertaining to the protocol of the perspective studies, should be included. In the case of the experimental studies on animals
a statement should be made that the paper has adhered to the international guidelines for research involving animals, which has been recommended by the WHO, stating that all research on animals was conducted in accordance with guidelines tendered by international law.
Papers published in Hellenic Urology constitute copyright ownership of the manuscript to the Hellenic Urological Association (HUA). Thus any reproduction and/or copying of said manuscript is allowed only after consent of the Editorial Board of the Journal.
Subdivision: Divide your article into clearly defined sections. Any subsection may be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line.
Introduction: State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.
Material and methods: Povide sufficient detail to al-low the work to be reproduced. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be described. Statistical methods should be included in Material and Methods section.
Results: Results should be clear and concise.
Discussion: This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.
Conclusions: The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short conclusions section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of a Discussion section.
A concise and factual abstract is required. It should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, references should be avoided, but if essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s). Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract. Abstracts should be structured as to include items of Objectives, Methods, Results and Conclusions. All articles should be accompanied by an abstract in Greek, that should not exceed 300 words.
Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords, using American spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, “and”, “of”). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. Also authors should provide a maximum of 6 keyword in Greek. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.
In the text, abbreviation should be detailed at their first mention. Ensure their consistency throughout the article.
Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references. List here those individuals who provided assistance during the research.
Present simple formulae in the line of normal text where possible and use the solidus (/) instead of a horizontal line for small fractional terms, e.g., X/Y. In principle, variables are to be presented in italics. Powers of e are often more conveniently denoted by exp. Number consecutively any equations that have to be displayed separately from the text (if referred to explicitly in the text).
Footnotes should be used sparingly. Number them consecutively throughout the article, using superscript Arabic numbers. Many word processors build footnotes into the text, and this feature may be used. Should this not be the case, indicate the position of footnotes in the text and present the footnotes themselves separately at the end of the article. Do not include footnotes in the reference list.
Indicate each footnote in a table with a superscript lowercase letter.
Image manipulation: Whilst it is accepted that authors sometimes need to manipulate images for clarity, manipulation for purposes of deception or fraud will be seen as scientific ethical abuse and will be dealt with accordingly. For graphical images, this journal is applying the following policy: no specific feature within an image may be enhanced, obscured, moved, removed, or introduced. Adjustments of brightness, contrast, or color balance are acceptable if and as long as they do not obscure or eliminate any information present in the original.
Formats:If your electronic artwork is created in a Microsoft Office application (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) then please supply ‘as is’ in the native document format. Regardless of the application used other than Microsoft Office, when your electronic artwork is finalized, please “Save as” or convert the images to one of the following formats (note the resolution requirements for line drawings, halftones, and line/halftone combinations given below): PDF or JPEG. Keep to a minimum of 300 dpi Vector drawings, embed all used fonts.
Please do not:
Figure legends: Ensure that each illustration has a legend. Supply legends separately, not attached to the figure. A legend should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself ) and a description of the illustration. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used. Legends should be sent separately.
Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. Place footnotes to tables above the table body and indicate them with superscript lowercase letters. Avoid vertical rules. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in tables do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article.
Citation in text: Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list. Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list they should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the publication date with either “Unpublished results” or “Personal communication”. Citation of a reference as “inpress” implies that the item has been accepted for publication. Web references: As a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. Web references can be listed separately (e.g., after the reference list) under a different heading if desired,or can be included in the reference list.
Text: Indicate Indicate references by number(s) in square brackets in line with the text. The actual authors can be referred to, but the reference number(s) must always be given. However, for more than 6 authors, only the first three should be listed followed by et al.
List: Number the references (numbers in square brackets) in the list in the order in which they appear in the text.
Reference to a journal publication:
1. Van der Geer J, Hanraads JAJ, Lupton RA et al. The art of writing a scientific article. J Sci Commun 2000;163:51-9.
Reference to a book:
2. Strunk Jr W, White EB. The elements of style. 3rd ed. New York: Macmillan; 1979.
Reference to a chapter in an edited book:
3. Mettam GR, Adams LB. How to prepare an electronic version of your article. In: Jones BS, Smith RZ, editors. Introduction to the electronic age, New York: E – Publishing Inc; 1999, p. 281-304.
For further details you are referred to Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals (J Am Med Assoc 1997;277:927-934) (see also http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html).